AUTHOR | SPEAKER | PHILOSOPHER | DESIGNER
Your words are generous and kind. You give me too much credit for helping you navigate your various life chapters. You are the ones who read some of my words and somehow, mysteriously, they resonated with you. Give yourself credit for all your personal growth as you continue to find great pleasure in your daily lives. I love being part of your lives, seeing your children grow and learning how you meet your most difficult challenges. I love you unconditionally and wholeheartedly. How do I know? Because I love life just as it is. I’m sucking the marrow off the bone of life. The mere fact of being here, now, is enough reason to celebrate. Love is IT.
I want to share certain passages from some recent letters, notes, postcards and emails that illustrate your fine qualities, your generous spirits and your appreciation for our connection. I’ve not included deeply personal stories to protect your privacy. Notice the emphasis on beauty, light and love.
Since you are my favorite author, I named my daughter Alexandra. (To me this is a beautiful name.)
Your writings introduced me to fountain pens, ink, and lovely stationery, including art notecards. (I was talking to a gentleman one day, and I discovered, he was introduced to fountain pens because of your writings.)
I met you one time, when you were on stage. Peter was in the back. You showed him the pink and white quilt you had purchased. My husband enjoyed talking with Peter during this time. (This was the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen.) During our visit, I mentioned to you about wanting to offer Journal Writing classes, and you said, “Do it.” After some time, I did. These classes were informative and enjoyable. It led to me writing and publishing a couple of articles.
Thank you, Alexandra, for touching my heart in many ways.
Lou from Indiana
We’ve now been in our new place a month and a half. It’s been an adventure finding a place for all my books, ordering new furniture, getting rid of things that no longer speak to us. Tomorrow the painters come to get rid of all the gray and blue and cover it with a creamy white that will reflect all the beautiful light that comes in our large windows.
Amy from Chicago
I learned to occasionally buy a single flower, or three red tulips, and delight in their gift of ephemeral beauty. I learned to appreciate the few special dishes from my mom and my gram and remind myself that their philosophical approaches to life were their greatest gifts.
Constance from South Dakota
Your writing has always been so inspirational to me, encouraging me to love and enjoy beauty and to especially appreciate love and learning! I too am, at age 78, more fully realizing and treasuring our connection to all that is—this glorious life! Thank you for being you and sharing so deeply with us all throughout your life!
Lana from California
I was perusing my postcard collection today from the trip Charles and I took to France in 2014. I recall thinking of you often when visiting Giverny–especially when in the yellow and blue room. Today it reminds me of you again and your (and our) solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine. Sending so much love,
Karen from Washington
I discovered your book Living a Beautiful Life at the library in my early thirties. How I saw daily rituals changed. It was as though I was looking at life through different eyes. I am glad I discovered you at a young age to open my eyes to the beauty of everyday living. It changed me forever.
Catherine from Tennessee
You have given me so much joy and happiness throughout the years! I continue to reread all your books, which are now quite worn. I have highlighted so many of the passages with different colored pencils and markers that most pages are radiant rainbows, punctuating the rainbows of wisdom they contain. A double rainbow!
I think of my dear departed mother, who was a librarian and believed in the sacredness of books, and treated them with the tenderness of a young mother holding her newborn child.
Your optimistic, poetic, metaphorical and humble teachings have illuminated my path, and continue to do so.
Monica from Massachusetts